John A. McDermott, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in a variety of journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Brevity, Clarkesworld, Florida Review, and The Pinch. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Idea of God in Tennessee, and Writhe.Waltz. He teaches creative writing and American literature at Stephen F. Austin State University and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Writers’ League of Texas. He lives in Nacogdoches with his wife, writer Christine Butterworth-McDermott, and their dancing daughter.